The two women who went to the Supreme Court to defeat Prop. 8 have a new joint memoir that discusses their lives and the legal battle.
This year’s Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas 2014 is just six weeks away.
How do you sum up the essence of a two-day festival of ideas like Uncharted?
The Berkeley Festival of Ideas is this weekend’s hottest ticket.
1. Always on call: Inside the Berkeley police dispatch center
2. It’s grape harvest time for Covenant, a kosher winery new to West Berkeley
3. Berkeley boy Andy Samberg gives back with a burger
4. Teen charged with the stabbing of 72-year old woman in Berkeley
5. Police ticket pedestrians for downtown traffic violations
6. Take your dog to dinner: It’s now legal (within limits)
7. Cyclist dies after North Berkeley crash with car
8. Beverage companies donate $800,000 to fight soda tax
Berkeleyside is excited to reveal the program for the second annual Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas. The festival takes place on Friday Oct. 24 and Saturday Oct. 25 at the Berkeley Rep and the Freight & Salvage in downtown Berkeley, with a cocktail party in the middle at the University Club on top of the Cal Memorial Stadium. You may already have heard about some of the incredible speakers festival-goers will get the chance to meet. Today we announce the full program and schedule. Tickets for the two days are available early-bird rate of $290 ($100 less than 2013 prices) until Oct. 6 at www.berkeleyideas.com. Full schedule and venue details, as well as speaker biographies, are also listed there. (more…)
Today, Berkeleyside announced the initial speaker line-up for Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas 2014. Among those headlining the festival are Nobel prizewinner Randy Schekman, Pulitzer Prize composer John Adams, marriage equality pioneers Kris Perry and Sandy Stier,
social psychologist Claude Steele, author Adam Mansbach — as well as dozens of other “dangerous thinkers.”
Most major studio productions -– heck, most films period — cleave to a formula. Though you may not be able to predict each specific plot development before it occurs, nine times out of ten you’ll be able to guess with some precision how the story will unfold: hero/heroine meets boy/girl, hero/heroine loses boy/girl, hero/heroine learns valuable lesson and regains boy/girl’s undying love (or, alternatively, monster emerges from ocean, monster stomps major metropolis, monster succumbs to best efforts of military-industrial complex).
2013 was a significant year for Berkeley residents, and not only because of what happened inside the city’s boundaries. This was the year the Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional and declined to consider the repeal of Prop 8 — two rulings that opened the way for gays to marry one another. (Two Berkeley women, Kris Perry and Sandy Stier were the plaintiffs in the latter suit.) 2013 was also the year that sign-ups began for Affordable Health Care Act and that Congress let unemployment benefits lapse for millions, and sliced food stamp benefits. Berkeley residents were affected by all those developments. The new eastern span of the Bay Bridge opened and BART workers went on a disabling strike — twice.
Maira Kalman at Berkeley’s Paulson Bott Press (Paulson Bott Press)
Generators brought in to power key campus buildings (UCB)
Indigenous People’s Day: Berkeley pow wow (SF Chronicle)
The best among four tea houses in Berkeley (Eating Berkeley)
Mikhail Baryshnikov returning to Berkeley Rep (Mercury News)
Federal cuts slow Berkeley Lab’s Richmond expansion (Richmond Confidential)
Berkeley City Council celebrate Kris Perry and Sandra Steir Day (BCN)
UT’s Bill Powers named alumnus of the year by UC Berkeley (Statesman)
By Eli Wolfe
Hundreds of thousands of people turned out for the 43rd San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Parade yesterday. Always a popular event, it was especially so this year coming just four days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage.